Ride the County

A number of members have signed up to ‘Ride the County’ in aid of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance on Saturday 19th May

Club members had a whip round to sponsor a check point a few Mondays ago
If you fancy joining us why not sign up and have a word with Mark Howard on a Monday evening.
Its not a fixed ride so people can duck out as and when they like and we are aiming to get back to the Masons Arms in Brize Norton for the BBQ at the end

If you dont fancy joining us why not sign up anyway? Its a pretty good cause


Stafford Spring Classic Motorcycle Show April 2018


The club was once again “on parade” at Stafford for the Spring Classic Show, or the International Classic as it now likes to style itself. located in side hall 2 – a spot we have occupied since being moved out of our previous home to make way for Bonhams Auctions – on a spot that despite telling the organizers how many machines we were bringing was just a little bit on the cramped side.
Nonetheless we managed to get them all on by virtue of being able to put two of the bikes up on high level wheel stands.
Of the show itself there was the usual array of club stands, show bikes, a separate “Dirt Bike” hall for off road machines, a paddock area for firing up race bikes and the trade show/jumble. Talking of the latter, trade show rather than jumble seems to be coming the norm, no end of stalls selling pattern parts, cheap tools and the like. Plus a few whose connection to motorcycling might be said to be tenuous at best.
Also there was the auction to look at, so many machines in fact that the sale ran over two days with machines ranging from the “dog rough” to the ready to go, some eye watering prices for some, £264.700.00 for a SS 100 anyone?
However everyone seemed to enjoy their day, some even managed to find the odd “treasure” in fact one member actually bought a complete bike!
On a more happy note, congratulations to Alex Taylor who won “ Most Original Machine” with his Royal Enfield model G, well done.
A total of nine machines were on display:
1939 BSA M24
1958 Matchless G12
1914 Wall Auto-Wheel
1960 Ariel Leader
1950 Imme R100 (guest machine)
1912 JAP Special
1949 Royal Enfield “G”
1978 Silk
1973 Rickman Enfield.

Report by John Lay

Proposals for Ride – outs 2018

A meeting of the club runs committee  has come up with the following:

Saturday 19th May 2018 Ride the County (Air Ambulance charity run) run captain Mark H.

Sunday 17th June Cogges museum (Local charity event) run captain Adrian L. Please note some of the club members are attending the Banbury Run on the same day.

Sunday 5th August The Red Lion, Evenly (Bill Lacey memorial run) run captain Hugh B.

Sunday 9th September Toddington Railway Centre (classic vehicle day) run captain Rod S.

Sunday 30th September Sands and Motorcycles (Motorcycle event) run captain Bob H.


1. Any more than 6 bikes and we employ the drop off system
2. Destination address / map and run captains phone No. to be issued before the run.
3. Bikes to arrive at the start point (Red Lion, Cassington) with enough fuel for the run (where possible).

An evening with Norman Hyde

On Monday the Club provided what turned out to be a very interesting and entertaining evening with Norman Hyde, a man with a life long involvement in motorcycles from development engineer to world record holder and on to running his own performance parts business.

It was nice to see a very good turnout (48) of the club members and several visitors some of who expressed an interest in joining the club.
With thanks to Jan and Bill for organising the room and food, also to the committee for paying for it !
Mark Howard
ps from the secretary
Thanks also to Mark for organising the evening

VMCC Festival of 1000 Bikes

The VMCC’s “Festival of a 1000 Bikes” ran at Mallory park for some years but fell into abeyance some time ago. However it’s being revived again this year and the club has been invited to attend
Part of the festival is the “Avenue of Clubs” to be situated inside the circuit near the start/ finish straight.
The event is to take place over the weekend  6th. (set-up) 7th. and 8th.July.
See www.festivalof1000bikes.co.uk for further information.
Members wishing to attend to should contact the secretary as soon as practicable so that arrangements can be made.

Chalgrove Village Festival

The Calgrove Village Festival takes place over the May bank holiday (this year on the 7th.May)
BMRCO members have displayed their machines for a number of years and we are again invited to attended.
The display includes bikes, classic cars and vintage engines along with all the things you might expect of a large village fete.

Banbury Steam Fair

Ken Drinkwater reports the entry forms have arrived for the Banbury Steam Fair at Bloxham. Anyone wishing to attend, please see him at club nights for an entry form; forms to be completed by the end of March and returned to him so that he can get them posted off in time.

BMRCO Winter Meal 2018 – Report

On February 3rd 2018, a total of 42 BMRCO members/wives/partners enjoyed our annual Winter Meal, this time at a new venue – The Plough in Wolvercote, Oxford. These evenings are a good opportunity for members (and their other halves) to get together socially.